Since the past two years, residents of a building in Chembur have been suffering from prolonged bouts of vertigo, sleeplessness, skin rashes and high blood pressure. The reason, residents allege, is the 35 mobile phone tower antennae atop buildings at a distance of less than 15 metres near the housing society.
As per Union department of telecommunication’s guidelines, there has to be a minimum distance of 36 metres between the building and two antennae fixed atop a nearby building.
“Some of the antennae fixed are directed towards us. While my daughters have developed skin rashes, my husband has been suffering from sleeplessness and heart problems,” said Kiran Kanal, 42, a resident of Satnam Sharan building in Sindhi Society, Chembur.
“The doctor said it could be the outcome of exposure to radiation from the towers.”
The Shahane family, who lives in the seventh floor, has been experiencing similar problems. “We are exposed to direct radiation,” said Sagar Shahane, 41.
Members of the nearby Tulip Towers, which has two towers with multiple antennae on the terrace, said they have written to the tower operators.
“After the residents approached us, we wrote to the operators asking them to keep the distance based on DoT guidelines,” said Sanjay Jumani from Tulip Apartment Owners’ Association.
“We have decided not to renew permission for the towers.”
Civic officials said they have referred the case to the BMC’s legal department after site inspection. “Further action will be taken based on the response,” said an official from building proposals department.